A Collection of Articles Related To Distractions At Work
If you find yourself getting distracted at work, then this post is for you. It offers tips and insights to help you stay focused to get more done.
Naturally, distractions put you behind and forces you to play catch-up and when you’re behind, you can easily get overwhelmed and anxious. When you’re focused and on track, you’ll be more productive and have more time during your day to complete all your work.
Many distractions are beyond your control, for example:
- Your boss asks for something unrelated to what you’re working on
- Phone calls
- Co-workers asking questions
- Discussions in the office
- Office gossip
- Noise in the office
For the issues mentioned above, there are few things you can do. For example, with many people asking for something while you’re working, set priorities. If someone needs something that isn’t urgent, you can jot it down and tell them you’ll get to it as soon as possible.
You can check emails every half hour, or if you use Microsoft Outlook, and receive notifications then only open emails that are urgent.
As for discussions taking place in the office, unless they are related to you or your job, then avoid them and keep doing what you’re doing so you don’t get distracted.
If your boss needs something and you know it’s a high priority, you can note where you left off on your current task and what you still need to do so that when you get back to it, you don’t miss any steps. Now work on what your boss needs.
Then there are those distractions you can control, For example
- Checking your personal email
- Focusing on issues in your personal life
- Talking with others about unrelated work issues
- Taking long breaks
- Calling home
- Checking Facebook
- Checking twitter
- Texting on your phone
For distractions you can control, you’ll need to get into a habit. Just like you got into the habit of checking you’re email and spending time on social media, talking on the phone, and attending to personal matters, you can get into the habit of avoiding these during work.
Becoming better at avoiding distractions allows you to focus on your work and become a better employee without putting in extra effort, and merely managing distractions.
When you’re focused on your work, your productivity improves, and when you get more work completed and your job isn’t stressful, you’ll enjoy work more, and after work, you can surf the web, watch videos and do what you please. Leave work at work and leave your personal life at home.
Have a look at the resources I have selected for this post to help you stay focused and eliminate distractions that waste your time and keep you from completing your day-to-day tasks.